2004 All Star East


Doug Pickens


6’ 183 lbs.

High School Coach: Albert Fracassa

High School, Class: Birmingham Brother Rice, A

College: The University of Michigan


Doug has had the privilege of playing under legendary Crowley Award Winner (2004), Coach Albert Fracassa. As a freshman, Doug joined the team during the seventh week of the season and stayed with the team as they marched toward the 2000 Division II State Championship. He played backup QB to fellow MHSFCA All Star Matt Baker that year. As a sophomore, Doug earned the starting spot at Quarterback and stayed there for three years. Throughout his career at Brother Rice, Doug completed 50% of his passes for over 4,600 yards. He was blessed with gifted receivers who allowed him to break the Brother Rice All-Time TD Completion Record set by former MHSFCA All Star Dave Yarema. Doug threw for 47 TD’s (the previous record was 40). Doug also rushed for 13 touchdowns, as his teams accumulated an overall record of 28-11 and two Division II Championship games. (2002 & 2003)


Doug also enjoyed playing hockey and baseball for Brother Rice. He was a four-year letterman for the hockey team. He was honored by his team by being selected captain for three years and honored by his peers by being selected All State for two years. As a baseball player, Doug earned four letters, and was selected to the All State Dream Team in his sophomore and junior years. It is baseball that Doug will pursue at The University of Michigan.


Doug thanked the players and coaches that have gone before him and helped build the tradition that is so strong at Brother Rice. He thanked all of his teammates. “I will always have a bond with my teammates. We have gone through many battles together and I will always have a special place in my heart for those men.” The two coaches that helped him the most with his football skills were Coach Al Fracassa and Coach Matt Bitonti. “They taught me to be a leader and a man.” Doug said, “I cannot begin to express my thanks to everyone who has supported and helped me attain my dreams.”